A Descriptive Study to Assess the Knowledge Level Regarding Prevention of Medication Error among Students in Selected Nursing College, Kanpur
Background: Errors during medication administration shows alarming frequency in hospital environment majorly in the areas like emergency, critical care etc. The process of medication administration used in hospital settings were categorized into 5 stages viz. ordering, transcripting, preparing, dispensing and administering of medicines. During this process an error can occur at any time. Hence the present study is planned to assess the knowledge level of students regarding prevention of medication errors and to associate knowledge level with selected demographic variables of student nurses. Methods: A descriptive survey research design and nonprobability convenient sampling technique was used to select 200 nursing students as samples. A structured knowledge questionnaire was used to collect data from samples. Results: The result shows that, Out of 200 Students, 129 (64.5%) of them were having inadequate level of knowledge, 49 (24.5%) had moderately adequate level of knowledge and 22 (11%) having adequate level knowledge regarding prevention of medication error. The mean of knowledge level was 34.80 and standard deviation is 10.22. The association between the knowledge levels regarding prevention of medication error with selected demographic variables of nursing students, shows No Significance. Conclusion: The study concludes that there is a deficit in knowledge level of students regarding prevention of medication errors.